Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Edie | 2012-03-23


Concerned as always

Dear Prof

I tried writing you from my iphone, but the security code is not accepted :(

Anyway, when my 3 yr old was born we understood that we were not supposed to pull back his foreskin. Which we didn''t do. When he was about 2 my husband said that it looked a bit tight and that we should teach him to do it slowly, but that it can open a bit. The GP also once mentioned that it looked narrow but didn''t seem concerned. Last night he pulled it all the way back in the bath and then I could see very clearly that he has 2 holes on the tip of his penis. I looked it up a bit, but couldn''t find any medical sites. Should I take him to a urologist?

Then, my 1 yr old is quite sick (fever, crying, runny nose) and we couldn''t get an appointment at the paed, so hubby took him to a GP. When I got home, he had already given the baby all the meds prescribed: 5 ML augmentin and 2,5 ml celestemine. My son was very sluggish and then started vomiting. It happened about 3 times, after which he was able to keep something down and started feeling better. What I want to know is, are the quantities not too high? I only gave him about 4ml augmentin this morning and no celestamine.


Expert's Reply



You are correct about your son's foreskin. Do not pull it back at all. The only time you need to worry about your son's foreskin being too tight is if he has difficulty in passing urine or if the foreskin seems to fill with urine and balloon out when he passes urine. It is very unlikely that he has 2 holes for the urine to come out,but if you are sure about what you saw, your son should be seen by a urologist.
Your baby son seems to have bad cold and this is caused by a virus infection,so an antibiotic will not help. Young children often vomit Augmentin, so this is probaly the reason your son vomited after he was given his first dose of this antibiotic. The dose is correct and seeing that he has started on the antibiotic course, you will need to see that he completes the course. He does not need a powerful cortisone such as the Celestamine to treat a cold,so I agree with you that this should be stopped. Keep his nose clear with a saline nasal spray or drops.

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